Beauty on the Go: Travel Essentials

untitledWorking in the travel and tourism industry, constantly being on the road and on the go is part of the job. It’s an amazing way to meet new people, see new places, and learn new things– all of which helps me do my job better.

As wonderful as traveling is, it certainly can disrupt your normal routine: sleep schedule, diet, exercise habits- even your day-to-day beauty regime. Whether you’re traveling for a couple of days or for a couple of weeks, it’s important to continue to take care of yourself even though you are away from the comforts of your home.

Some of my favorite travel essentials come from my favorite local beauty and skincare store, Elements of Carytown (ElementsBeautyShop.com). I’ve been a loyal customer of Elements ever since my good friend Christina of Tiramisu for Breakfast introduced me to it!

Here are some of my favorite products as a gal-on-the-go.

REN Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot

After hours on a plane or in the car, my skin always looks a little…well… tired. This firming serum gives your skin an instant hydrating boost and glow – it’s like an espresso for your face! The Beauty Shot especially comes in handy if you’ve only got a few minutes between checking in to your hotel and zipping to your next event. A little goes a long way, so this small bottle will last you a long time (which means it’s also TSA 3-1-1 compliant!)[$54, click here to purchase].

Malin + Goetz Essential Travel Kit

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I was first introduced to Malin + Goetz while staying at the TriBeCa Grand on a work trip to New York City a few years ago. I’ve loved the brand ever since! This colorful combo kit has literally everything you need for your daily routine: face wash, moisturizer, body wash, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. This little kit is great for people with sensitive skin, or if you’re picky about hotel-brand toiletries. You can trust that you’ll love everything in this kit! [$30, click here to purchase].

Erno Laszlo Hydrating Cleansing Ritual Trio

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I love all of Erno’s Cleansing Ritual Trios (and anything Erno, period, for that matter!) I especially love this set for traveling, especially if you travel by plane. Dry air and high altitude absolutely zap your skin of all its moisture and inner glow, so it’s imperative to hydrate and nourish once you’ve landed. Dry, stressed skin will feel luxuriously soft and moisturized after use. It’s a great pick-me-up after a long day of travel! [$45, click here to purchase].

TOCCA Bianca La Dolce Vita Travel Set

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The TSA 3-1-1 rule really irritates me sometimes, because it means that typically, I can’t bring along my favorite perfume in large format. Luckily, one of my favorite scents, TOCCA’s Bianca, comes in a sweet little travel set, complete with a body scrub, body lotion, and eau de parfum. Spritz a little on before and after travel to smell fabulous all day long. [$40, click here to purchase].

COOLA ECO-LUX Sport Continuous Spray Suncreen SPF 50 Guava Mango – Travel Size

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Even in the winter, it’s important to protect your skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays. I love how summery and tropical this sunscreen smells – and I can’t wait to continue using it when the weather gets cooler to remind me of sunnier, warmer days! [$24, click here to purchase].

Those are just a few of my travel favorites- but there is so much more you can discover both at ElementsBeautyShop.com and in-store, conveniently located in the Shops at Carytown! You can discover more of my favorite Elements beauty products on my Elements Wish List Pinterest board, too!

Why You’ll Love Elements:

  • This boutique beauty shop is located in the heart of Richmond’s famed Carytown shopping district, so feel free to grab brunch with your bestie after loading up on your beauty goodies at one of the many restaurants dotting Cary Street.
  • Can’t make it to the brick-and-mortar? No problem. Just click here to visit their online shop. You can order from the comfort of your home. Even order in your PJ’s, if you want!
  • Elements has a great selection of premier luxury and natural beauty brands from all around the world. The ladies who own Elements are constantly on scouting missions trying to find you the best of the best.
  • You will find all-natural and organic products, as well as the most technologically advanced anti-aging skin care. Whatever you choose, all products at Elements are 100% Cruelty-Free.

Loyalty Points Program: Spend to Save!

Earning Loyalty Points is easy! When you place an order through ElementsBeautyShop.com and register for an account at the checkout process, you will automatically receive 1 loyalty point for each $1 you spend. Each point is worth 10 cents off your next purchase. In other words, if you spend $100 today, you’ll receive loyalty points worth a $10 discount to use on your next order. It’s that easy!

10% Off for Sweet Caroline Readers!

You can also receive 10% off your next purchase by using the code SWEETCAROLINE at checkout, just because I love you!

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This post is a sponsored collaboration with Elements Beauty Shop. All opinions are my own.


Holiday Gift Guide: For the Beauty Lover

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Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide continues today with gift ideas for the Beauty Junkie in your life. All of these luxurious beauty products come from one of my favorite shops in Richmond – Elements of Carytown! If you’re not an RVA native- or prefer to do your holiday shopping online- you’re in luck. Elements has all of their products online, too!

If you’re new to Elements, check out my introductory post here. I know you’re just going to LOVE these products! And as a special treat for Sweet Caroline readers, beginning on December 3, 2015, you will get 20% off your purchases! This special only lasts until December 10th, so be sure to get your beauty shopping in fast! Just use the code “SWEETCAROLINE” at checkout at ElementsBeautyShop.com or mention my blog in-store.

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BONUS! Want to win a $50 gift card from Elements? Show us your #ElementsBeautyHaul! All you have to do is post a photo of your purchases on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #ElementsBeautyHaul for a chance to win a $50 gift card. They pick one winner each month! Score.

Now, without further ado, here are my favorite products for the Beauty Lover in your life!

Peter Thomas Roth Must-Have Holiday Kit

I am a certified PTR addict – I love all of the masks, serums, peels and cleansers! (Don’t believe me? Check out this post devoted exclusively to my main man Peter!) This holiday kit not only comes with a beautiful, festive gold bag, but it also includes some of my favorite products: Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, To Die For Mascara, and Irish Moor Mud Mask. This is a perfect combination of some of Peter Thomas Roth’s best products. Click here to purchase ($38) [Read more…]

In Bloom | My Spring Beauty Routine

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Summer is just around the corner! Hip hip hooray! One of my favorite things about summertime is that natural, bronzed glow which allows for Makeup Optional days. To prepare for summer, I’ve been paying extra-special attention to keeping my skin clean, smooth, and hydrated. I loaded up at the last Elements Beauty Shop event and have been absolutely loving all of my products. But, I also have a few drugstore beauty products I’m swearing by this spring, too!

Here are the products I’m loving right now — and I know you will too!

Step One: Gently Remove Makeup

I love these gentle wipes from Boots No7. They effectively cleanse and remove impurities, tone and moisturize your skin, and even remove waterproof eye make-up – all in one easy step. With vitamin pro-B5 plus extracts of witch hazel and fennel which help cleanse pores, moisturize and leave your skin feeling smooth, clean and fresh. Bonus: these are great to travel with and TSA compliant! Boots No.7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes ($5.29, Target)

Step Two: Cleanse and Tone

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A detergent free ‘beauty water’ that will remove everyday make-up. The flower water acts as a cleansing agent and is perfect for those with sensitive skin. I use this product with exfoliating cotton pads. Skin feels purified, fresh, revived and toned without tightness or dryness. Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water ($25, Elements Beauty Shop); Exfoliating Round Cotton Pads ($3.49, ULTA)

Step Three: Moisturize

Brighten and smooth with this clinically proven age defy moisturizer that combines a brightening complex of certified organic juices, with a powerful antioxidant cocktail of alpha lipoic acid, CoQ10, Vitamin C, peptides and DMAE for optimum age-defying results. Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer ($45, Elements Beauty Shop)

Step Four: Hydrate Under Eyes

This rich, emollient formulation preserves firm skin and a youthful appearance while defending against environmental stressors. Active gel cools skin on contact to help stimulate microcirculation. Strengthened against future damage, the eye area emerges visibly transformed—infused with a look of vibrancy, vitality and youth. Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair ($175, Elements Beauty Shop)

Step Five: Boost Your Lashes

Women dream of being able to seduce with a simple bat of lashes.
Thanks to TALIKA, the expert in eyelash care since 1948, this dream is at last within our reach. Infinitely long, intensely colored and delicately curled eyelashes. The Lipocils Expert serum contains the same complex of 12 plants and silk protein as Lipocils to condition and support the natural growth of eyelashes. In addition, powerful natural ingredients are added for the curling and color intensification of eyelashes for a lengthening and thickening effect. TALIKA Lipocils Expert Lash Enhancer ($57, Elements Beauty Shop)

BONUS: All-Over Super Hydration!

PREVIEW ROSE STEM CELL BIO-REPAIR GEL MASK

Cutting-edge plant biotechnology isolates and replicates the perfect rose stem cells for maximum anti-age repair. With state-of-the-art, 21st century breakthrough stem cell technology, five rose stem cells are blended with four rose extracts in a cooling, rejuvenating gel to help stimulate cell turnover for younger looking skin. Helps repair the signs of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration, dullness and sagging as it strengthens and tones the look of skin. Reveals silky soft, radiant, beautiful and youthful-looking skin. I like to put this on last and leave it on overnight. Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask ($45, Elements Beauty Shop)

Once a Week: Purify

NEW IRISH MOOR MUD

Purifying, decongesting and hydrating mask with odorless Irish Moor Mud draws out dirt, oil and impurities as it infuses skin with moisture and vitamins. With the highest level of organic content in the world, 9,000 year-old black Moor Mud is harvested by hand from the Irish countryside. Rich in nutrients, essential minerals and potent anti-oxidants, it helps protect against skin damage. Black Hijiki Seaweed provides vital nutrition and hydration as volcanic ash helps revitalize and detoxify skin. Activated charcoal has a magnetic effect that draws impurities and toxins from congested pores. Helps minimize the look of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin looking pure, fresh, hydrated and radiant. Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Mask ($58, Elements Beauty Shop)

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Tuesday Ten | My Spring Beauty Essentials

11020480_766363740098586_7535134597337096854_nSpring is here, which means it’s time to slough off your dull, winter skin and reveal fresh, glowing, gorgeous skin for warmer weather!

I have been LOVING my Beauty Haul from the last open house at Elements Beauty Shop in Carytown, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite beauty products I’ve been using since March — as well as a few I’m adding to my wish list!

New to Elements? Here’s a great introduction to this local, women-owned business. All of their products are 100% cruelty free – and all of their products are amazing. I’m planning on stocking up on goodies old and new at next week’s “Skin is In: Spring Beauty Bash” with Elements. I hope to see you there! Click here to RSVP.

Without further ado, here are my ten favorite beauty essentials for spring:

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RVA Social Calendar | Skin is In: Spring Beauty Bash with Elements Beauty Shop

Hello, lovelies! I’m so excited to invite you to an amazing event at one of my favorite Richmond boutiques — Elements Beauty Shop in Carytown!

I hope you’ll join me for “Skin is In: Spring Beauty Bash with Elements Beauty Shop” on May 7, 2015 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Elements of Carytown. Come meet Jenna Bingham, Beauty Expert and Consultant for today’s hottest beauty care brands. Find out what’s new and exciting from Peter Thomas Roth Labs, Talika MYLash & Brow Growth, BeautyBlender, Coola Organic Suncare and many more!

Share an Appetizer. Sip some bubbly. Enter drawings for free products. You’ll shed the dull winter gray and rev up the glow! Click here to RSVP! [Read more…]

Beauty Haul: The Key to Glowing Skin

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February is here, the month of love! However, nothing puts a damper on winter romance like dry, rough, patchy skin; so today, I’m sharing a few of my new favorite products to keep your skin soft, glowing, and smelling good, too!

These were the first samples I tried from my Elements Beauty Shop beauty haul, and boy, are we off to a good start. All four products provided just what my skin needed.

Want to learn more about Elements Beauty Shop? Click here for my introduction and a chance to win a gift card!

1. Somme Institute: Transport, Serum, and A-Bomb

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Pin to Win from Elements Beauty Shop!

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I’m so excited to announce that all of February, I’m teaming up with the ladies of Elements of Carytown to share some of our favorite beauty and skincare products with you!

This first post is a little introduction to Elements, located in charming Carytown. (PS: If you don’t live in Richmond, don’t worry! You can get all of these products delivered right to your door by ordering from their online shop!)

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Why You’ll Love It:

  • This boutique beauty shop is located in the heart of Richmond’s famed Carytown shopping district, so feel free to grab brunch with your bestie after loading up on your beauty goodies at one of the many restaurants dotting Cary Street.
  • Can’t make it to the brick-and-mortar? No problem. Just click here to visit their online shop. You can order from the comfort of your home. Even order in your PJ’s, if you want!
  • Elements has a great selection of premier luxury and natural beauty brands from all around the world. The ladies who own Elements are constantly on scouting missions trying to find you the best of the best.
  • You will find all-natural and organic products, as well as the most technologically advanced anti-aging skin care. Whatever you choose, all products at Elements are 100% Cruelty-Free.

Now, for the fun part! Pin your beauty favorites and you could win one of four Elements Beauty Shop gift cards!

Here’s how to enter:

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